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April 29th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Are healthy doctors better doctors?

(CNN) – Picture this: A medical facility where doctors are not over-worked, waiting rooms are not jammed to capacity, and patients are thrilled with the quality of care they receive.

It's an experiment that's leaving some health care critics speechless in Seattle. Elizabeth Cohen reports for the final installment of our special series, "Prescription for Waste."

April 28th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Prescription for Waste: Should states regulate hospital rates?

Editor's Note: Tomorrow on American Morning, we'll show you a medical clinic where a bold experiment is panning out. Doctors are happier and patients and bottom lines are healthier. Our Elizabeth Cohen profiles what could be the proto-type for health care of the future.

(CNN) – Would you shop in a store where they charge three times more than their cost for everything they sell? Not likely. But that's what thousands of Americans are doing every day when they check into a hospital.

Hospitals in this country, on average, charge 180% above cost for every procedure performed. Except in Maryland, where state regulation means patients pay a lot less, and often get more. Our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen reports for part three of our original series, "Prescription for Waste."

Sound off: Share your health care horror stories with us. Post your comments below.

April 27th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Prescription for Waste: Outraged by hospital fees

Editor's Note: When Dr. Linda Galloway learned she needed surgery to save her vision, she scheduled the procedure immediately with her opthamologist. And what an eye-opener it was – when the hospital bill arrived. Today, our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen reports for part two of our series "Prescription for Waste." Tomorrow on American Morning, why can't we regulate what hospitals charge? They've been doing it in one state for thirty years, saving $40 billion. Could this be the way to solve America's health care crisis?

Sound off: Share your health care horror stories with us. Post your comments below.

April 26th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Shopping for cheap surgery

Editor's Note: Everybody loves a bargain, but is it really a good idea to shop for rock-bottom prices when it comes to medical care? With so much waste in our health care system and costs continuing to sky-rocket, some Americans are actually sniffing out cheap surgery deals overseas. Today in our original series "Prescription for Waste," senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen introduces us to one of them. Tomorrow on American Morning, you'll meet a doctor who was billed $863 for a pair of disposable forceps when she needed surgery.

Sound off: Share your health care horror stories with us. Post your comments below.

March 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Health care: Your stories of medical waste

(CNN) – This week we've been telling you how fifty cents of every dollar we spend on health care is wasted. Many of you have experienced this first-hand. Hundreds of you have been sharing with us your own stories about medical waste.

Our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen joined us on Friday's American Morning to tell us about your response to her series, "Health Care: Prescription for waste?"

March 3rd, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Prescription for waste: Pricey & unnecessary procedures

Editor's Note: All this week, in the American Morning original series "Health care – Prescription for waste," we're examining more waste in the health care system – and this time it could involve your money. Today, our Elizabeth Cohen looks at one hospital's war on unnecessary and outrageously expensive procedures.

(CNN) – The number of women giving birth by cesarean is on the rise. It's estimated that one in three moms have a c-section, but often the pricey procedure is done out of convenience rather than to avoid complications. As our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen tells us, it's putting a strain on our health care system.

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